Western State cruises into lead
Mountaineers hold slim lead over tightly bunched field
TURLOCK, Calif. – Western State cruised into first place heading into the final day of the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships sending four All-Americans across the line in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium on Friday. The Mountaineers climbed 19 points in the team standings when David Goodman won the race, Ryan Haebe finished third, David Flynn came in seventh, and Loren Ahonen held on for eighth.
That brought their team total to 29, moving them past second-place Central Missouri, which has 26.5 points with seven of 21 events in the books. Abilene Christian (23 points), Adams State (17), Ashland (16), Grand Valley State and Indiana (Pa.) (14 apiece), Fort Hays State (11), and Cal State L.A. and Chico State (10 each) round out the top 10 heading into Saturday’s final 14 events.
Goodman was Western State’s second champion of the day. Oliver Harsanyi had already taken the high jump title with a leap of 2.19 meters.
Central Missouri rode Brent Vogel’s decathlon title into second second place. In the day’s only other final, Grand Valley State junior Daniel Vanek won the shot put crown with a heave of 19.19, besting runner-up Nick Jones of Abilene Christian (18.90).
Action continues Saturday, beginning with the javelin final at noon. The 4x400-meter relay will finish the three-day meet at 9:35, and team awards are scheduled to be handed out at 9:50.
St. Augustine’s (N.C) is the two-time defending NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Champion. The Falcons, who snapped Abilene Christian’s (Tex.) seven-year national championship run, enter the final day of competition with eight points. Those two schools have combined for every national title since 1982. Abilene Christian has won 18 of those titles and St. Augustine’s 11.